Front Porch Step
By Jackie Cular
This interview with Jake McElfresh, professionally known as Front Porch Step, was conducted in July 2014. At the very end of the year, allegations surfaced on Facebook and Tumblr that McElfresh was having inappropriate conversations with underage girls via his cellphone (text and other apps), specifically those he met at Warped Tour—some of which, he speaks about in this interview. For more details, please see this New York Times article.
As of mid-January 2015, McElfresh's tour plans are on hold. Pure Noise Records has yet to update his website, but in a Facebook post on December 31, 2014 the artist writes, “I am aware of the serious allegations and sensational things being posted on the internet about me and my personal life. While this is personally difficult to experience, I am taking the appropriate, meaningful, and objective steps to address the severity of these things and the horrendous words being used. I would truly hope that others who have or will propagate these serious allegations will do the same.” Front Porch Step was slated to join label-mates Allison Weiss and Rob Lynch in the UK in February, but he is staying behind as of right now. On January 4 McElfresh adds, “As I posted 3 days ago, I am taking the appropriate time to assess these very serious allegations against me and I am not taking them lightly. Until I can do that in a complete manner with all the information I have at my disposal, I will not be continuing with any current touring activities for the time being.”
Warped founder, Kevin Lyman, was contacted as an online petition was circulated to have Front Porch Step removed from the 2015 Warped Tour roster. On December 30, Lyman responded via Twitter stating, “I am on vacation and when I get home #frontporchstep allegations will be completed vetted. I deserve a few days off to be with my family.” Lyman ended up shortening his trip to address the allegations. As FPS is not on tour for the foreseeable future until the allegations are addressed, he is currently off the 2015 Warped Tour roster.